Truck shows are more than just a good place to go and learn about the newest and best trucks. They can also be a great place to network, learn more about the industry, and get cutting edge equipment and products to help you be more profitable with your truck.
Every show has its own focus and feel. Some shows are focused on the newest and fanciest modifications and amenities that you can put in a truck, while others focus on the restoration and use of vintage trucks. It’s not only important to know which are the big truck shows across the country, but what to expect at each show.
Here are the best truck shows scheduled in 2020, and what to expect from them.
We understand if you’re more inclined to head to Texas than Illinois this time of year. All we can say is that they'll both be worth the trip.
HDAW (Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week) in Grapevine, TX (a suburb of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area), is the premier meeting for independent aftermarket providers, distributors, and suppliers. This is the go-to semi truck show to see some of the newest aftermarket products and a great time for networking and landing one-on-one meetings which can give a boost to your career in the industry.
The Midwest Truck & Trailer Show in Peoria, IL, brings you a small venue experience with some of the biggest convention-sized exhibits and names. Each year they look to showcase exhibitors that demonstrate the newest products and innovations in trucking, while still focusing on a small-town atmosphere to help everyone build long-lasting friendships and business relationships.
From 1 million square feet of exhibits in Louisville to all things customization in Florida, spring has some of the most exciting trucking events of the year.
The 2020 Mid-American Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, is an absolute must to put on your calendar if you want to get more from trucking. This is the event to attend to help you connect and network, as well as improve the way that you do business. There’s no way around it: This show is absolutely massive.
Wildwood, FL’s 75 Chrome Shop Truck Show highlights everything there is to know about transforming your truck into a one-of-a-kind ride that reflects who you are as a driver. This 18 wheeler truck show is all about custom trucks and is open for both truckers and the public. It includes food, games for kids, and a wide variety of entertainment for all ages.
NTTC’s 72nd annual conference in Washington, DC, focuses on the tank truck industry and champions safety and success. With a wide range of exhibits and sponsors, this truck show is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the field of tank trucking, and help you make important contacts in the industry.
We suggest you take most of the summer to get some work done. After all, you’re not going to want to miss Dallas in August with the Great American Trucking Show.
The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, TX, is one of the biggest semi truck shows in the country. With over 500 exhibitors, 150 trucks, 50,000 products for sale, and a growing list of education and networking events, this is the big truck show you should schedule time to go to.
Bull riding? Or educational workshops? Why not both? Joplin in September focuses on 18 wheelers, while Denver in October is for the managers out there.
CSM’s Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS) in Joplin, MO, takes over the downtown of Joplin for a truck show that you’re going to be talking about for the next year. With everything from bull riding, semi truck diesel dirt drag racing, and a convoy that stretches and “takes over” several city blocks, this 18 wheeler truck show feels more like an extended family getting together for a few days of partying than a formal show with distributors and sales.
American Trucking Association’s Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE) in Denver, CO, is the home for bringing together trucking leaders and focuses on the success of fleets. As part of MCE, you can participate in education sessions which give you time to workshop and find support with other trucking industry professionals to create valuable takeaways.
If you’ve never gone to a show before, consider finding a big truck show near you. They can help you find out more about how to make a profit while being a driver, and can even be the base of important new business relationships.